The bye week didn’t alleviate one key ingredient in this Bengals’ season. They got their eighth victory, but it was another in a long line of ugly, going down to the last minute games.

Cincinnati got its third straight win on the West Coast, defeating San Diego 17-10. With the win, the Bengals are 8-4 and maintain a two-game lead over the Ravens in the AFC North.

The running game, which has been stuck in neutral for most of the season, had its best performance since Week 6 against Buffalo. The Bengals ran it 38 times for 164 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry.

BenJarvus Green-Elis had 92 yards on 20 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown during the second quarter that gave the Bengals a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. On that 10-play drive that went 67 yards, the Bengals ran it six carries for 47 yards. Green-Ellis had 29 yards on four carries.

With the Chargers within a touchdown during the fourth quarter, the Bengals again went to their running game to put it away. Green-Ellis had two key third-down conversions on the drive as they ran out the clock.

The Bengals got success in their running game with a reshuffled line. When Clint Boling suffered a knee injury during the first quarter, Andrew Whitworth moved to left guard while Anthony Collins went to left tackle. Collins had started the game at right tackle when Andre Smith was bench due to an undisclosed reason. Smith went back to his right tackle spot after Boling’s injury.